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JFS Hosts Annual Celebration to Raise Money for Families In Need More than 150 community members gathered and helped raise over $22,000 at the JFS Annual Celebration in June at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, reported event Chair Karen Setzen. Michael Castellana received the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award, which bestows the agency’s highest honor for building business in the Capital Region and commitment to nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of adults, children and families. Miriam Adler was also recognized for her 25 years of service at JFS. In talking of his commitment to non-profit organizations, Catellana said, “I’m humbled to be recognized with the honor of receiving the 2012 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award. To be included in the company of the prior winners of this award is truly an honor.” Castellana serves on numerous boards of directors, including the SEFCU Foundation, a non-profit affiliation he formed to pool the time, talent, and financial resources of SEFCU staff in support of children’s causes. Miriam Adler has been a part of JFS for 25 years. Having grown up in the area, Miriam returned to Albany in 1986 and took a position as Clinical Director at JFS, and in 2007, became Executive Director. “Working for 25 years at JFS has allowed me to express my passion for working with families and individuals, help to build and support the Capital Region Jewish Community, and participate in educating the new generations of social workers. I am honored to receive this award from JFS which has been such an important part of my life.” The support and generosity of our sponsors and all who attended our Annual Celebration, enabled JFS to provide: 161 supervised visits 48 in-home counseling sessions for the elderly and disabled 47 individual and family counseling sessions 36 psycho-educational group sessions 28 in-home supportive visits to the elderly 24 crisis intervention visits That’s a total of 344 units of service to individuals, couples, and families in the community who might otherwise not have been able to receive needed care. Thank you!

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John Nigro, President of Nigro Companies, presents Michael J. Castellana with the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award.

JFS Presents

Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Michael J. Castellana presents former JFS Board President Stephen Ribner with a check for $5,000 to support vital JFS services.

Featuring Zvi Gellis, PhD

Come and learn about what it means to age successfully, the trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, the impact of our increasing life expectancy and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the wellbeing of our elderly neighbors.

Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging.

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 5

Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine A. Holle as Executive Director. Christine has been with JFS for over 24 years, most recently serving as Director of Finance and Administration.

JFS is hosting a two-hour seminar that will explore what it means to age successfully, trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, impact of the increasing life expectancy in the U.S., and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the well-being of our elderly neighbors.

“We’re delighted by Christine’s promotion to Executive Director, and the renewed energy and excitement she’s brought to the agency,” says Board president Bob Gumson. “Her management and fiscal experience and unwavering commitment to the mission of JFS are valuable assets, and we’re confident she’ll do a great job leading JFS as we go forward and continue our 158-year tradition of providing quality services in the community.” “I’m excited and honored to now serve as Executive Director,” said Christine.

Whether you’re an adult caring for an older parent, a professional working with the elderly in an assisted living facility or nursing home, a social worker, or medical professional—you won’t want to miss this timely seminar.

Anschel Weiss recognizes Miriam R. Adler for her 25 years of service to JFS.

Christine Holle New JFS Executive Director

DATE

Sunday, October 28, 2012

RSVP

518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org

TIME

3:00–5:00 p.m.

FEE

Free

PLACE The Golub Center 184 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany, NY 12203

CEUs

2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW

“Throughout my time with the agency, and under the dynamic leadership of Anschel Weiss and Miriam Adler, there have been many changes in what we do, but the mission and values that are the foundation of our agency remain unchanged. As we embark on the next chapter of JFS’ long history, I envision JFS growing and moving forward by expanding services, developing partnerships and relationships within the community, and getting the word out so all community members know just how vital a resource JFS really is!” A lifelong Capital Region resident, Christine, together with her husband, Gary, and daughter, Elizabeth, live in Cohoes.

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President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Elderly as Caregivers 3 Meet Courtney Mazzone 3

More than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, a trend expected to continue for the next 19 years. With advancements in the medical field and an increasing emphasis on wellness programs, people are living longer. By the year 2040, one in five Americans will be age 70 or older. Adults caring for aging parents and professionals working with the elderly won’t want to miss this timely discussion. Presenter Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging. This seminar is the first in the new JFS Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series, designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. RSVPs are encouraged. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org if you plan to attend. 2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW. JOIN US! Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at The Golub Center in Albany. The Impact of Serious Illness 4 The 2012 JFS Annual Celebration 5 Trends in Successful Aging 6


A Message from the Board President .

Family MATTERS

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

I am honored and a bit daunted as I step up to be Board President of Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFS). As I take on the challenge of leading JFS into the future I am reminded of our proud 158-year history of providing quality, professional services that bring hope, help and family harmony while upholding Jewish values. The hard working staff and board at JFS strive to deliver the essential ingredients necessary to help individuals live up to their potential, keep families vibrant, and build bridges across communities. I am confident that Christine Holle, our new Executive Director, will embrace our long history of serving families in the community. In the year ahead, JFS will look to pursue new opportunities and collaborations that will enhance our partnerships with area synagogues and Jewish communal organizations, as well as senior service centers and senior housing, day, and long-term care programs. This, together with our expanded focus on communication, will enable us to broaden our reach within the Capital Region and engage youth, young adults, and families in a variety of creative volunteer initiatives that support seniors who are unable to leave their homes, those in need of transportation and assistance, as well as caregivers of seniors. Yes, we do have a lofty agenda, but we aren’t the third oldest not-for-profit agency in America because we let others take the lead. No, we are here and strong because we lead and we serve. So as I begin to meet many of you, I will seek your ideas and help, and I will also ask how you might serve on the JFS board, lend your expertise on a committee, volunteer your valuable time, share a referral for services, a good word, a vote of confidence or a great idea.

My parents are in their 80’s. In the past 6 month, my dad had some serious health issues arise they have recently become more chronic. My mother, who is in fairly good health, has moved seamlessly into being his caregiver. I am aware of all the media attention about the stress of being a caregiver, and I want to make sure that my mother does not become overburdened taking care of my dad. When I ask her, she insists she is okay, but I am concerned that her own health will become compromised. What can I do to protect my mom in this situation, while ensuring that my dad gets the care he needs?

A

So many older adults fall into the same category as your mom. Hence, the recent publicity about caregiving and the toll it takes on families. It’s likely that your mother feels as though it’s her duty

L’shana Tovah, Bob

to be supported,” says Helene Hassenfeld, Case Aide for the JFS Senior Adults Services.

and responsibility to care for her husband, and as such, she won’t complain about feeling overwhelmed. However, your mom needs to take breaks from providing constant care. Find ways to get your mom out of the house, and help her feel that her presence is equally important in other places. Are there other family events that she could attend? If your dad can come also, you arrange for him to get there. And if not, as much as possible, have other family members provide respite so your father receives attention and your mother feels comfortable leaving him.

Create an environment in which caring for dad is not only mom’s responsibility. Identify some reliable people who are available to stay with your dad. “Think creatively. If the family belongs to a synagogue or church, perhaps they find a recently retired member of the congregation who can be “matched” with the father either as a volunteer or paid caregiver,” suggested Hassenfeld. “The person can be a friend to the father, and respite for the mother,” she added.

“It’s also important to be mindful of the future. If it’s a progressive health situation that will require more care, containing the mother’s stress level is paramount. She needs

The key is not to accept your mother’s resistance to leaving her husband as the way it has to be. She can be a better caregiver if she cares for herself as well.

It is an honor to serve as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, and I look forward carrying on the traditions and values that are foundation of JFS. I am committed to our mission and our 158-year tradition of making a difference in the lives of the Capital Region’s Jewish and general community members. Services for the Jewish community are at the heart of what we do here at JFS. As we begin this next chapter in our long and distinguished history, our vision for the future includes building partnerships and relationships with other agencies that will enhance existing services and create a collaborative environment that provides opportunities for new and innovative services. I also welcome your thoughts and suggestions for ways in which JFS can compassionately and more fully serve the needs of the community. I would like to extend to you and your families a warm L’shana Tovah, together with wishes that the coming year bring only the best to you and yours.

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 2

When she felt the lump the first time, she pulled her hand away as if she had just touched a hot stove. “It can’t be...no... not me,” she said. And it went on like this for a few weeks— touching, pulling away, and saying no—until she got the courage see her doctor.

crisis, they call Rita Schachne, RN, Project Coordinator for the JFS Norek/Moses Family Transitions Program. Rita is an invaluable

This is Josephine’s story and possibly that of many others. It marked the beginning of a long medical journey that was blessed with ups and cursed with downs. Josephine lives alone and has little family nearby. As she underwent treatment, it became clear to staff in the oncology department that she was dealing with her new diagnosis alone. Josephine was emotionally overwhelmed, physically depleted, and had very little support outside of the medical center. It’s times like these when JFS gets a call.

resource for patients and their families. She offers the support, counseling and referral services to help people navigate the healthcare and supportive services in our community. She has been praised for her ability to translate complex medical information, tenacity in helping patients secure social security benefits, and sensitivity in helping patients and families

cope with grief and loss. One provider wrote, “Whenever I encounter a patient that appears overwhelmed with nowhere to turn, I immediately give them the JFS card and tell them that Rita Schachne will be your new best friend.” Rita will make hospital and office visits. She’s been known to go to a patient’s home to help them complete necessary paperwork. And this is what it was like for Josephine. In a time of crisis, she got a new best friend—a person who could soften the blow of a serious diagnosis, help weed through a growing pile of medical documents, and offer a smile at the perfect time. JFS’ Norek/Moses family Transitions Program is open to all residents in the Capital District. There is no fee for services. Please call 518-482-8856 if you know an individual or family who can benefit from this service.

Meet Courtney Mazzone As Coordinator of the JFS Supervised Visitation program, Courtney is always learning and always on the go. “One of the best parts of my job is advocating on behalf of parents and children,” said Mazzone. “I once worked with a mother who was fighting to keep custody of her children. She has considerable disabilities and her ability to care for them was being questioned. But, after several home visits, we could see that she was not only a capable mother, but a loving one.” Supervised visits at JFS don’t always result in parents being reunited with their children. There are a variety of reasons that families are referred to JFS, and when there are allegations of abuse by a parent, the child’s safety is paramount. Those situations are tough, but Mazzone knows she can turn to fellow staff members for clinical knowledge and support. “The people who work at JFS are so positive, and we have an atmosphere of support,” says Mazzone. Courtney’s years of experience working with children and families adds unique expertise to the clinical team at JFS. To learn more about the JFS Supervised Visitation program, please contact JFS at 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org.

Warm regards, Christine

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Serious Illness

When area medical providers have a patient that is facing a serious illness or healthcare

Dear Friends:

Please contact us at: JFSNENY 877 Madison Avenue Please to contact us Albany,feel NY free 12208 with your comments and P 518-482-8856 suggestions: F 518-489-5839 JFSNENY E info@jfsneny.org 877 Madison Avenue jfsneny.org Albany, NY 12208 P JFS518-482-8856 receives funding from: F 518-489-5839 E editor@jfsneny.org jfsneny.org

Q

Ask JFS: Elderly Parents as Caregivers

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 3

Courtney Mazzone Supervised Visitation Coordinator

Everything You Wanted to Know about being Mormon, but were Afraid to Ask With a new Mormon Temple being built in the JFS service area, and the possibility of the first Mormon president, how much do we really know about our Mormon sisters and brothers? What are the core tenets of the Mormon faith? Are Mormons Christians? Are they a lost sect of Judaism? Why is the Temple central to the Mormon faith? Why can’t non-Mormons enter a Mormon temple? JFS is hosting a “Pasta and Possibilities” and has invited Reverend James Kane to share about the Mormon faith and its traditions. Father Kane

is a Roman Catholic priest and Director of the Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He has been the leader of Jewish/Christian dialogue as well as Muslim/Christian dialogue locally. DATE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 TIME 12:00 p.m. PLACE B’nai Shalom, 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany RSVP 518-514-2023 FEE $5.00 for JFS NNORC members; $7.00 for non-members JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 4


A Message from the Board President .

Family MATTERS

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

I am honored and a bit daunted as I step up to be Board President of Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFS). As I take on the challenge of leading JFS into the future I am reminded of our proud 158-year history of providing quality, professional services that bring hope, help and family harmony while upholding Jewish values. The hard working staff and board at JFS strive to deliver the essential ingredients necessary to help individuals live up to their potential, keep families vibrant, and build bridges across communities. I am confident that Christine Holle, our new Executive Director, will embrace our long history of serving families in the community. In the year ahead, JFS will look to pursue new opportunities and collaborations that will enhance our partnerships with area synagogues and Jewish communal organizations, as well as senior service centers and senior housing, day, and long-term care programs. This, together with our expanded focus on communication, will enable us to broaden our reach within the Capital Region and engage youth, young adults, and families in a variety of creative volunteer initiatives that support seniors who are unable to leave their homes, those in need of transportation and assistance, as well as caregivers of seniors. Yes, we do have a lofty agenda, but we aren’t the third oldest not-for-profit agency in America because we let others take the lead. No, we are here and strong because we lead and we serve. So as I begin to meet many of you, I will seek your ideas and help, and I will also ask how you might serve on the JFS board, lend your expertise on a committee, volunteer your valuable time, share a referral for services, a good word, a vote of confidence or a great idea.

My parents are in their 80’s. In the past 6 month, my dad had some serious health issues arise they have recently become more chronic. My mother, who is in fairly good health, has moved seamlessly into being his caregiver. I am aware of all the media attention about the stress of being a caregiver, and I want to make sure that my mother does not become overburdened taking care of my dad. When I ask her, she insists she is okay, but I am concerned that her own health will become compromised. What can I do to protect my mom in this situation, while ensuring that my dad gets the care he needs?

A

So many older adults fall into the same category as your mom. Hence, the recent publicity about caregiving and the toll it takes on families. It’s likely that your mother feels as though it’s her duty

L’shana Tovah, Bob

to be supported,” says Helene Hassenfeld, Case Aide for the JFS Senior Adults Services.

and responsibility to care for her husband, and as such, she won’t complain about feeling overwhelmed. However, your mom needs to take breaks from providing constant care. Find ways to get your mom out of the house, and help her feel that her presence is equally important in other places. Are there other family events that she could attend? If your dad can come also, you arrange for him to get there. And if not, as much as possible, have other family members provide respite so your father receives attention and your mother feels comfortable leaving him.

Create an environment in which caring for dad is not only mom’s responsibility. Identify some reliable people who are available to stay with your dad. “Think creatively. If the family belongs to a synagogue or church, perhaps they find a recently retired member of the congregation who can be “matched” with the father either as a volunteer or paid caregiver,” suggested Hassenfeld. “The person can be a friend to the father, and respite for the mother,” she added.

“It’s also important to be mindful of the future. If it’s a progressive health situation that will require more care, containing the mother’s stress level is paramount. She needs

The key is not to accept your mother’s resistance to leaving her husband as the way it has to be. She can be a better caregiver if she cares for herself as well.

It is an honor to serve as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, and I look forward carrying on the traditions and values that are foundation of JFS. I am committed to our mission and our 158-year tradition of making a difference in the lives of the Capital Region’s Jewish and general community members. Services for the Jewish community are at the heart of what we do here at JFS. As we begin this next chapter in our long and distinguished history, our vision for the future includes building partnerships and relationships with other agencies that will enhance existing services and create a collaborative environment that provides opportunities for new and innovative services. I also welcome your thoughts and suggestions for ways in which JFS can compassionately and more fully serve the needs of the community. I would like to extend to you and your families a warm L’shana Tovah, together with wishes that the coming year bring only the best to you and yours.

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 2

When she felt the lump the first time, she pulled her hand away as if she had just touched a hot stove. “It can’t be...no... not me,” she said. And it went on like this for a few weeks— touching, pulling away, and saying no—until she got the courage see her doctor.

crisis, they call Rita Schachne, RN, Project Coordinator for the JFS Norek/Moses Family Transitions Program. Rita is an invaluable

This is Josephine’s story and possibly that of many others. It marked the beginning of a long medical journey that was blessed with ups and cursed with downs. Josephine lives alone and has little family nearby. As she underwent treatment, it became clear to staff in the oncology department that she was dealing with her new diagnosis alone. Josephine was emotionally overwhelmed, physically depleted, and had very little support outside of the medical center. It’s times like these when JFS gets a call.

resource for patients and their families. She offers the support, counseling and referral services to help people navigate the healthcare and supportive services in our community. She has been praised for her ability to translate complex medical information, tenacity in helping patients secure social security benefits, and sensitivity in helping patients and families

cope with grief and loss. One provider wrote, “Whenever I encounter a patient that appears overwhelmed with nowhere to turn, I immediately give them the JFS card and tell them that Rita Schachne will be your new best friend.” Rita will make hospital and office visits. She’s been known to go to a patient’s home to help them complete necessary paperwork. And this is what it was like for Josephine. In a time of crisis, she got a new best friend—a person who could soften the blow of a serious diagnosis, help weed through a growing pile of medical documents, and offer a smile at the perfect time. JFS’ Norek/Moses family Transitions Program is open to all residents in the Capital District. There is no fee for services. Please call 518-482-8856 if you know an individual or family who can benefit from this service.

Meet Courtney Mazzone As Coordinator of the JFS Supervised Visitation program, Courtney is always learning and always on the go. “One of the best parts of my job is advocating on behalf of parents and children,” said Mazzone. “I once worked with a mother who was fighting to keep custody of her children. She has considerable disabilities and her ability to care for them was being questioned. But, after several home visits, we could see that she was not only a capable mother, but a loving one.” Supervised visits at JFS don’t always result in parents being reunited with their children. There are a variety of reasons that families are referred to JFS, and when there are allegations of abuse by a parent, the child’s safety is paramount. Those situations are tough, but Mazzone knows she can turn to fellow staff members for clinical knowledge and support. “The people who work at JFS are so positive, and we have an atmosphere of support,” says Mazzone. Courtney’s years of experience working with children and families adds unique expertise to the clinical team at JFS. To learn more about the JFS Supervised Visitation program, please contact JFS at 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org.

Warm regards, Christine

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Serious Illness

When area medical providers have a patient that is facing a serious illness or healthcare

Dear Friends:

Please contact us at: JFSNENY 877 Madison Avenue Please to contact us Albany,feel NY free 12208 with your comments and P 518-482-8856 suggestions: F 518-489-5839 JFSNENY E info@jfsneny.org 877 Madison Avenue jfsneny.org Albany, NY 12208 P JFS518-482-8856 receives funding from: F 518-489-5839 E editor@jfsneny.org jfsneny.org

Q

Ask JFS: Elderly Parents as Caregivers

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 3

Courtney Mazzone Supervised Visitation Coordinator

Everything You Wanted to Know about being Mormon, but were Afraid to Ask With a new Mormon Temple being built in the JFS service area, and the possibility of the first Mormon president, how much do we really know about our Mormon sisters and brothers? What are the core tenets of the Mormon faith? Are Mormons Christians? Are they a lost sect of Judaism? Why is the Temple central to the Mormon faith? Why can’t non-Mormons enter a Mormon temple? JFS is hosting a “Pasta and Possibilities” and has invited Reverend James Kane to share about the Mormon faith and its traditions. Father Kane

is a Roman Catholic priest and Director of the Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He has been the leader of Jewish/Christian dialogue as well as Muslim/Christian dialogue locally. DATE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 TIME 12:00 p.m. PLACE B’nai Shalom, 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany RSVP 518-514-2023 FEE $5.00 for JFS NNORC members; $7.00 for non-members JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 4


A Message from the Board President .

Family MATTERS

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

I am honored and a bit daunted as I step up to be Board President of Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFS). As I take on the challenge of leading JFS into the future I am reminded of our proud 158-year history of providing quality, professional services that bring hope, help and family harmony while upholding Jewish values. The hard working staff and board at JFS strive to deliver the essential ingredients necessary to help individuals live up to their potential, keep families vibrant, and build bridges across communities. I am confident that Christine Holle, our new Executive Director, will embrace our long history of serving families in the community. In the year ahead, JFS will look to pursue new opportunities and collaborations that will enhance our partnerships with area synagogues and Jewish communal organizations, as well as senior service centers and senior housing, day, and long-term care programs. This, together with our expanded focus on communication, will enable us to broaden our reach within the Capital Region and engage youth, young adults, and families in a variety of creative volunteer initiatives that support seniors who are unable to leave their homes, those in need of transportation and assistance, as well as caregivers of seniors. Yes, we do have a lofty agenda, but we aren’t the third oldest not-for-profit agency in America because we let others take the lead. No, we are here and strong because we lead and we serve. So as I begin to meet many of you, I will seek your ideas and help, and I will also ask how you might serve on the JFS board, lend your expertise on a committee, volunteer your valuable time, share a referral for services, a good word, a vote of confidence or a great idea.

My parents are in their 80’s. In the past 6 month, my dad had some serious health issues arise they have recently become more chronic. My mother, who is in fairly good health, has moved seamlessly into being his caregiver. I am aware of all the media attention about the stress of being a caregiver, and I want to make sure that my mother does not become overburdened taking care of my dad. When I ask her, she insists she is okay, but I am concerned that her own health will become compromised. What can I do to protect my mom in this situation, while ensuring that my dad gets the care he needs?

A

So many older adults fall into the same category as your mom. Hence, the recent publicity about caregiving and the toll it takes on families. It’s likely that your mother feels as though it’s her duty

L’shana Tovah, Bob

to be supported,” says Helene Hassenfeld, Case Aide for the JFS Senior Adults Services.

and responsibility to care for her husband, and as such, she won’t complain about feeling overwhelmed. However, your mom needs to take breaks from providing constant care. Find ways to get your mom out of the house, and help her feel that her presence is equally important in other places. Are there other family events that she could attend? If your dad can come also, you arrange for him to get there. And if not, as much as possible, have other family members provide respite so your father receives attention and your mother feels comfortable leaving him.

Create an environment in which caring for dad is not only mom’s responsibility. Identify some reliable people who are available to stay with your dad. “Think creatively. If the family belongs to a synagogue or church, perhaps they find a recently retired member of the congregation who can be “matched” with the father either as a volunteer or paid caregiver,” suggested Hassenfeld. “The person can be a friend to the father, and respite for the mother,” she added.

“It’s also important to be mindful of the future. If it’s a progressive health situation that will require more care, containing the mother’s stress level is paramount. She needs

The key is not to accept your mother’s resistance to leaving her husband as the way it has to be. She can be a better caregiver if she cares for herself as well.

It is an honor to serve as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, and I look forward carrying on the traditions and values that are foundation of JFS. I am committed to our mission and our 158-year tradition of making a difference in the lives of the Capital Region’s Jewish and general community members. Services for the Jewish community are at the heart of what we do here at JFS. As we begin this next chapter in our long and distinguished history, our vision for the future includes building partnerships and relationships with other agencies that will enhance existing services and create a collaborative environment that provides opportunities for new and innovative services. I also welcome your thoughts and suggestions for ways in which JFS can compassionately and more fully serve the needs of the community. I would like to extend to you and your families a warm L’shana Tovah, together with wishes that the coming year bring only the best to you and yours.

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 2

When she felt the lump the first time, she pulled her hand away as if she had just touched a hot stove. “It can’t be...no... not me,” she said. And it went on like this for a few weeks— touching, pulling away, and saying no—until she got the courage see her doctor.

crisis, they call Rita Schachne, RN, Project Coordinator for the JFS Norek/Moses Family Transitions Program. Rita is an invaluable

This is Josephine’s story and possibly that of many others. It marked the beginning of a long medical journey that was blessed with ups and cursed with downs. Josephine lives alone and has little family nearby. As she underwent treatment, it became clear to staff in the oncology department that she was dealing with her new diagnosis alone. Josephine was emotionally overwhelmed, physically depleted, and had very little support outside of the medical center. It’s times like these when JFS gets a call.

resource for patients and their families. She offers the support, counseling and referral services to help people navigate the healthcare and supportive services in our community. She has been praised for her ability to translate complex medical information, tenacity in helping patients secure social security benefits, and sensitivity in helping patients and families

cope with grief and loss. One provider wrote, “Whenever I encounter a patient that appears overwhelmed with nowhere to turn, I immediately give them the JFS card and tell them that Rita Schachne will be your new best friend.” Rita will make hospital and office visits. She’s been known to go to a patient’s home to help them complete necessary paperwork. And this is what it was like for Josephine. In a time of crisis, she got a new best friend—a person who could soften the blow of a serious diagnosis, help weed through a growing pile of medical documents, and offer a smile at the perfect time. JFS’ Norek/Moses family Transitions Program is open to all residents in the Capital District. There is no fee for services. Please call 518-482-8856 if you know an individual or family who can benefit from this service.

Meet Courtney Mazzone As Coordinator of the JFS Supervised Visitation program, Courtney is always learning and always on the go. “One of the best parts of my job is advocating on behalf of parents and children,” said Mazzone. “I once worked with a mother who was fighting to keep custody of her children. She has considerable disabilities and her ability to care for them was being questioned. But, after several home visits, we could see that she was not only a capable mother, but a loving one.” Supervised visits at JFS don’t always result in parents being reunited with their children. There are a variety of reasons that families are referred to JFS, and when there are allegations of abuse by a parent, the child’s safety is paramount. Those situations are tough, but Mazzone knows she can turn to fellow staff members for clinical knowledge and support. “The people who work at JFS are so positive, and we have an atmosphere of support,” says Mazzone. Courtney’s years of experience working with children and families adds unique expertise to the clinical team at JFS. To learn more about the JFS Supervised Visitation program, please contact JFS at 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org.

Warm regards, Christine

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Serious Illness

When area medical providers have a patient that is facing a serious illness or healthcare

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Everything You Wanted to Know about being Mormon, but were Afraid to Ask With a new Mormon Temple being built in the JFS service area, and the possibility of the first Mormon president, how much do we really know about our Mormon sisters and brothers? What are the core tenets of the Mormon faith? Are Mormons Christians? Are they a lost sect of Judaism? Why is the Temple central to the Mormon faith? Why can’t non-Mormons enter a Mormon temple? JFS is hosting a “Pasta and Possibilities” and has invited Reverend James Kane to share about the Mormon faith and its traditions. Father Kane

is a Roman Catholic priest and Director of the Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He has been the leader of Jewish/Christian dialogue as well as Muslim/Christian dialogue locally. DATE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 TIME 12:00 p.m. PLACE B’nai Shalom, 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany RSVP 518-514-2023 FEE $5.00 for JFS NNORC members; $7.00 for non-members JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 4


JFS Hosts Annual Celebration to Raise Money for Families In Need More than 150 community members gathered and helped raise over $22,000 at the JFS Annual Celebration in June at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, reported event Chair Karen Setzen. Michael Castellana received the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award, which bestows the agency’s highest honor for building business in the Capital Region and commitment to nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of adults, children and families. Miriam Adler was also recognized for her 25 years of service at JFS. In talking of his commitment to non-profit organizations, Catellana said, “I’m humbled to be recognized with the honor of receiving the 2012 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award. To be included in the company of the prior winners of this award is truly an honor.” Castellana serves on numerous boards of directors, including the SEFCU Foundation, a non-profit affiliation he formed to pool the time, talent, and financial resources of SEFCU staff in support of children’s causes. Miriam Adler has been a part of JFS for 25 years. Having grown up in the area, Miriam returned to Albany in 1986 and took a position as Clinical Director at JFS, and in 2007, became Executive Director. “Working for 25 years at JFS has allowed me to express my passion for working with families and individuals, help to build and support the Capital Region Jewish Community, and participate in educating the new generations of social workers. I am honored to receive this award from JFS which has been such an important part of my life.” The support and generosity of our sponsors and all who attended our Annual Celebration, enabled JFS to provide: 161 supervised visits 48 in-home counseling sessions for the elderly and disabled 47 individual and family counseling sessions 36 psycho-educational group sessions 28 in-home supportive visits to the elderly 24 crisis intervention visits That’s a total of 344 units of service to individuals, couples, and families in the community who might otherwise not have been able to receive needed care. Thank you!

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Jewish

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NON PROFIT ORG

FAMILY Services

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PERMIT #587

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ALBANY, NY

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Family MATTERS

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John Nigro, President of Nigro Companies, presents Michael J. Castellana with the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award.

JFS Presents

Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Michael J. Castellana presents former JFS Board President Stephen Ribner with a check for $5,000 to support vital JFS services.

Featuring Zvi Gellis, PhD

Come and learn about what it means to age successfully, the trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, the impact of our increasing life expectancy and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the wellbeing of our elderly neighbors.

Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging.

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Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine A. Holle as Executive Director. Christine has been with JFS for over 24 years, most recently serving as Director of Finance and Administration.

JFS is hosting a two-hour seminar that will explore what it means to age successfully, trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, impact of the increasing life expectancy in the U.S., and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the well-being of our elderly neighbors.

“We’re delighted by Christine’s promotion to Executive Director, and the renewed energy and excitement she’s brought to the agency,” says Board president Bob Gumson. “Her management and fiscal experience and unwavering commitment to the mission of JFS are valuable assets, and we’re confident she’ll do a great job leading JFS as we go forward and continue our 158-year tradition of providing quality services in the community.” “I’m excited and honored to now serve as Executive Director,” said Christine.

Whether you’re an adult caring for an older parent, a professional working with the elderly in an assisted living facility or nursing home, a social worker, or medical professional—you won’t want to miss this timely seminar.

Anschel Weiss recognizes Miriam R. Adler for her 25 years of service to JFS.

Christine Holle New JFS Executive Director

DATE

Sunday, October 28, 2012

RSVP

518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org

TIME

3:00–5:00 p.m.

FEE

Free

PLACE The Golub Center 184 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany, NY 12203

CEUs

2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW

“Throughout my time with the agency, and under the dynamic leadership of Anschel Weiss and Miriam Adler, there have been many changes in what we do, but the mission and values that are the foundation of our agency remain unchanged. As we embark on the next chapter of JFS’ long history, I envision JFS growing and moving forward by expanding services, developing partnerships and relationships within the community, and getting the word out so all community members know just how vital a resource JFS really is!” A lifelong Capital Region resident, Christine, together with her husband, Gary, and daughter, Elizabeth, live in Cohoes.

INSIDE

President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Elderly as Caregivers 3 Meet Courtney Mazzone 3

More than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, a trend expected to continue for the next 19 years. With advancements in the medical field and an increasing emphasis on wellness programs, people are living longer. By the year 2040, one in five Americans will be age 70 or older. Adults caring for aging parents and professionals working with the elderly won’t want to miss this timely discussion. Presenter Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging. This seminar is the first in the new JFS Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series, designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. RSVPs are encouraged. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org if you plan to attend. 2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW. JOIN US! Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at The Golub Center in Albany. The Impact of Serious Illness 4 The 2012 JFS Annual Celebration 5 Trends in Successful Aging 6


JFS Hosts Annual Celebration to Raise Money for Families In Need More than 150 community members gathered and helped raise over $22,000 at the JFS Annual Celebration in June at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, reported event Chair Karen Setzen. Michael Castellana received the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award, which bestows the agency’s highest honor for building business in the Capital Region and commitment to nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of adults, children and families. Miriam Adler was also recognized for her 25 years of service at JFS. In talking of his commitment to non-profit organizations, Catellana said, “I’m humbled to be recognized with the honor of receiving the 2012 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award. To be included in the company of the prior winners of this award is truly an honor.” Castellana serves on numerous boards of directors, including the SEFCU Foundation, a non-profit affiliation he formed to pool the time, talent, and financial resources of SEFCU staff in support of children’s causes. Miriam Adler has been a part of JFS for 25 years. Having grown up in the area, Miriam returned to Albany in 1986 and took a position as Clinical Director at JFS, and in 2007, became Executive Director. “Working for 25 years at JFS has allowed me to express my passion for working with families and individuals, help to build and support the Capital Region Jewish Community, and participate in educating the new generations of social workers. I am honored to receive this award from JFS which has been such an important part of my life.” The support and generosity of our sponsors and all who attended our Annual Celebration, enabled JFS to provide: 161 supervised visits 48 in-home counseling sessions for the elderly and disabled 47 individual and family counseling sessions 36 psycho-educational group sessions 28 in-home supportive visits to the elderly 24 crisis intervention visits That’s a total of 344 units of service to individuals, couples, and families in the community who might otherwise not have been able to receive needed care. Thank you!

Jewish

Jewish

FAMILY Services

NON PROFIT ORG

FAMILY Services

US POSTAGE PAID

Northeastern New York

PERMIT #587

877 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208

ALBANY, NY

jfsneny.org

Northeastern New York

Family MATTERS

Fall 2012, Vol. 1, No. 2

John Nigro, President of Nigro Companies, presents Michael J. Castellana with the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award.

JFS Presents

Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Michael J. Castellana presents former JFS Board President Stephen Ribner with a check for $5,000 to support vital JFS services.

Featuring Zvi Gellis, PhD

Come and learn about what it means to age successfully, the trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, the impact of our increasing life expectancy and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the wellbeing of our elderly neighbors.

Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging.

JFS Family MATTERS Fall 2012 Pg. 5

Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine A. Holle as Executive Director. Christine has been with JFS for over 24 years, most recently serving as Director of Finance and Administration.

JFS is hosting a two-hour seminar that will explore what it means to age successfully, trends of adults caring for their elderly parent, impact of the increasing life expectancy in the U.S., and the importance of engaging the community in ensuring the well-being of our elderly neighbors.

“We’re delighted by Christine’s promotion to Executive Director, and the renewed energy and excitement she’s brought to the agency,” says Board president Bob Gumson. “Her management and fiscal experience and unwavering commitment to the mission of JFS are valuable assets, and we’re confident she’ll do a great job leading JFS as we go forward and continue our 158-year tradition of providing quality services in the community.” “I’m excited and honored to now serve as Executive Director,” said Christine.

Whether you’re an adult caring for an older parent, a professional working with the elderly in an assisted living facility or nursing home, a social worker, or medical professional—you won’t want to miss this timely seminar.

Anschel Weiss recognizes Miriam R. Adler for her 25 years of service to JFS.

Christine Holle New JFS Executive Director

DATE

Sunday, October 28, 2012

RSVP

518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org

TIME

3:00–5:00 p.m.

FEE

Free

PLACE The Golub Center 184 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany, NY 12203

CEUs

2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW

“Throughout my time with the agency, and under the dynamic leadership of Anschel Weiss and Miriam Adler, there have been many changes in what we do, but the mission and values that are the foundation of our agency remain unchanged. As we embark on the next chapter of JFS’ long history, I envision JFS growing and moving forward by expanding services, developing partnerships and relationships within the community, and getting the word out so all community members know just how vital a resource JFS really is!” A lifelong Capital Region resident, Christine, together with her husband, Gary, and daughter, Elizabeth, live in Cohoes.

INSIDE

President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Elderly as Caregivers 3 Meet Courtney Mazzone 3

More than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, a trend expected to continue for the next 19 years. With advancements in the medical field and an increasing emphasis on wellness programs, people are living longer. By the year 2040, one in five Americans will be age 70 or older. Adults caring for aging parents and professionals working with the elderly won’t want to miss this timely discussion. Presenter Dr. Zvi Gellis is Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served as the Governor’s appointee for the New York Office of Mental Health, Research Director at St. Peter’s Hospital and Home Care Late Life Depression Clinic, and Director of the University at Albany’s Center for Mental Health & Aging. This seminar is the first in the new JFS Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series, designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. RSVPs are encouraged. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org if you plan to attend. 2.0 CEUs have been applied for through the NYS Chapter of NASW. JOIN US! Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at The Golub Center in Albany. The Impact of Serious Illness 4 The 2012 JFS Annual Celebration 5 Trends in Successful Aging 6


JFS Family Maters Fall 2012